How to Fold a Sleeping Bag

How to Fold a Sleeping BagWhile many newer sleeping bags can be easily stuffed into a sack, lots of warmer-weather bags still require careful and orderly folding. If you follow the simple steps below, you should have no problem mastering the art of folding a sleeping bag.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Sleeping bag
 
Step 1
Shake out the sleeping bag to make sure you haven't left anything inside. An article of clothing could mess up the rolling process, and you wouldn't want to crush a forgotten flashlight.
Step 2
Zip up the bag. Leaving it unzipped can make it hard to keep all the edges together when rolling up the bag.
Step 3
Fold the bag in half along the full length of the bag. Many bags come with straps attached, and you'll notice that both straps are typically on the same half of the foot of the bag.
Step 4
Roll the bag. Start at the end without the straps and be sure to keep the loose edges of the bag lined up as you go. It is important to use lots of pressure while rolling to keep the bag as small as possible. Try using your knees and kneeling on the bag while you roll it up.
Step 5
Strap or tie up the bag. While keeping pressure on the rolled bag, secure it by wrapping straps around it or tying cords around it.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
If possible, fold the bag on a clean surface, such as the inside of your tent, to avoid getting dirt, leaves and insects in your bag. Remember to keep the edges of the bag lined up while rolling it. If you don't, the bag will end up oddly shaped and be hard to get straps around. Keep pressure on the bag while rolling it. This will make sure it is small enough when you are finished to get straps around.
 
If possible, fold the bag on a clean surface, such as the inside of your tent, to avoid getting dirt, leaves and insects in your bag.
 
Remember to keep the edges of the bag lined up while rolling it. If you don't, the bag will end up oddly shaped and be hard to get straps around.
 
Keep pressure on the bag while rolling it. This will make sure it is small enough when you are finished to get straps around.
 
Don't leave a wet sleeping bag rolled up for very long or it will grow mildew. Some bags need to be stored loosely and uncompressed or they lose their insulation ability.
 
Don't leave a wet sleeping bag rolled up for very long or it will grow mildew.
 
Some bags need to be stored loosely and uncompressed or they lose their insulation ability.

Article Written By Johnnie Chamberlin

Johnnie Chamberlin lives and works in Bloomington, Ind. He holds a Master of Science in civil and environmental engineering from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley. Over the last five years, he has written numerous articles for several magazines, trails.com, and other websites. He is the author of "Trails of Little Rock."

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